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Chain Snubbers

Chain Snubbers are essential for taking the strain off your windlass and providing additional shock load absorption.

Jimmy Green offer multiple options for snubbing solutions - stainless steel chain hooks, grippers and grabs with or without a nylon tail or twin tails (V bridle).

Custom build a strop or bridle with top quality LIROS Rope spliced by the Jimmy Green Rigging Team - 3 Strand for single strops or Anchorplait for bridles.

Single line strops can be used over the bow roller. Twin strop lines (V shaped bridles) are ideal for use with handed deck fairleads and mooring cleats.

Once the desired length of chain has been paid out, secure the end of the strop to a cleat and attach the hook/gripper/grab to the chain with slack in the line.

Ease off enough chain so that the strop is taking the load and remember to allow for the rope to stretch.

N.B. Chain hooks are not designed to fit through the link of a calibrated chain. Locate the chain hook, gripper or grab over one link so that the load is bearing on the outside of the next link (which will be at right angles).

Chain hook on the chain Mantus Chain hook on the chain

Jimmy Green Advisory
Hooks and Grabs that have a locking device are naturally more fiddly to deploy and disengage

LIROS Nylon will stretch approximately 20% at the breaking point. There is no material difference in elasticity between 3 strand and Anchorplait construction. The aim is for the strop to take the strain. The chain should be secured to a cleat or post if practicable or by means of a stopper or safety rope just in case the strop fails. The windlass should only be the strongpoint of last resort.

Choose a strop diameter roughly equal to your bower anchor warp size.

Bear in mind that an oversize nylon strop will not stretch as much as the correct size.

A slightly undersized nylon strop will provide more shock absorption, but may ultimately prove sacrificial.

Factor in to your selection:

  1. the type of anchoring
  2. the length of time at anchor
  3. whether the yacht is unattended.

Custom Build Instructions - Anchor Chain Snubbing Strop ~ Custom Build Instructions - Anchor Chain Snubbing V Bridle

Read our article Anchor Snubbing - A guide to taking the shock load off your windlass and chain

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6mm Chain Snubber with 10mm LIROS 3 Strand Nylon Strop

8mm Chain Snubber with 12mm LIROS 3 Strand Nylon Strop

8mm Chain Snubber with 14mm LIROS 3 Strand Nylon Strop

10mm Chain Snubber with 16mm LIROS 3 Strand Nylon Strop

10mm Chain Snubber with 18mm LIROS 3 Strand Nylon Strop